On Friday, Nov. 1, an Urbana residence reported to the Urbana Police Department that they received a phone call from Officer Morrison with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.
The resident stated that the caller ID showed the calling phone number as 319-472-2337, Benton County Sheriff’s Office.
The resident stated that Officer Morrison told the Urbana resident that she was be being investigated for illegal drug trafficking and money laundering and there was a warrant for her arrest from the United States Marshall’s from the state of Texas. (The Urbana resident said she had lived in Texas at one time.)
The Urbana resident was told by Officer Morrison that she needed to verify her social security number with him and needed to resolve the situation and obtain a new social security number. The Urbana resident stated that Officer Morrison told her she needed to go to her bank and withdraw all but $100 from her bank account and that she should stay on the phone with him while she traveled to her bank and the transaction was completed. The Urbana resident was then told that someone from the Social Security Administration would be coming to her residence the following day at 10 a.m. to provide her with her new social security number.
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone, your local Law Enforcement Agency has no reason to call and direct you to withdraw money from your bank account. Most phone calls that you receive requesting personal identification or bank information are likely to be a scam. Subjects running these scams often use technology allowing phone numbers that you may be familiar with to display on your caller ID.
The Urbana Police Department is continuing its investigation into this scam. The Urbana Police Department and the Benton County Sheriff’s Office are warning residents to be alert for these types of calls and encourage residents to report them if they are received.